(CBS) ST. LOUIS - St. Louis authorities are still searching for
a suspect in the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Megan Boken in
broad daylight on Saturday.
Police say the former St. Louis University volleyball player was
sitting in her white Volkswagen in St. Louis' Central West End
neighborhood around 2:15 p.m. when she was shot in the neck and
chest, CBS St. Louis reports. She was outside an apartment
building where she used to live while attending the university.
There were conflicting reports from police and witnesses about
the gunman. Some said he'd been inside Boken's car, then exited,
turned around, and shot her, according to CBS Chicago. Others
witnesses said he was not in the car at all.
The gunman reportedly fled the scene on foot. Boken was taken to
Barnes Jewish Hospital, where medical personnel pronounced her
Police say the motive is still unknown, CBS St. Louis reports.
They describe the suspected gunman as an African-American male,
in his mid-20's, 5'8" to 5'10", with a thin build and a short
Boken was reportedly in St. Louis for a reunion game for former
SLU volleyball players, scheduled to take place about two hours
after she was killed.
St. Louis University issued this statement, after learning about
"We are shocked and saddened by this terrible and tragic loss.
Megan was a truly outstanding student-athlete who excelled in
the classroom and on the court. She exemplified the very best of
what it means to be a Saint Louis University Billiken. Our focus
right now is on providing as much support as we can for our
students, and our thoughts and prayers are with Megan's family
and friends during this very difficult time."
*** detectives want to hear from anyone who was in the
vicinity of the attack Saturday - they can be contacted at (314)
444-5371 or you can use the Crimestoppers toll-free tip line: 1-